Blades acquire Henderson from Chiefs

Larry Brunt



The Saskatoon Blades bolstered their blueline Friday evening, acquiring 19-year-old defenceman Jordan Henderson from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.

Henderson, a 6-foot, 174-pound product of Vancouver has played in 112 career WHL regular season games, all with the Chiefs, after being selected in the fourth round, 72nd overall at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Jordan is a veteran defenceman who moves the puck well,” said Colin Priestner, general manager of the Blades, in a team release. “He will definitely add some experience to our young ‘D’ core.”

Over his 112 WHL regular season contests, Henderson has 13 points (1G-12A) to his credit, including four assists over 15 games in 2016-17.

“With the numbers in our defensive group, this is a move we had to make,” said Scott Carter, general manager of the Chiefs, in a team release. “We’d like to thank Jordan for his contributions to our organization and wish him the best in Saskatoon.”

With defenceman Brett Kustra out due to injury and Libor Hajek expected to suit up for the Czech Republic during the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, the addition of Henderson gives Saskatoon eight defenders.

Henderson is expected to join the Blades as early as Sunday when Saskatoon visits the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Chiefs now carry seven defencemen on the roster.

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